The second leg of Haiti's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series with Grenada followed much the same path as the first: Les Grenadiers scored three goals; Les Grenadiers won the match. The 3-0 home win gave Haiti a 6-1 win on aggregate and passage to the next round.
The team will now settle in to arguably the toughest group in the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Haiti joins Costa Rica, Panama, and Jamaica in what looks likely to be a relatively evenly-contested four-way race to the fifth and final round of the region's qualifying tournament for Russia 2018. Haiti will kick off on November 13 with a trip to Costa Rica.
For the second time in two matches against Grenada, Andrew Jean-Baptiste - once of the New York Red Bulls - was an unused substitute. But the player had much to keep his mind occupied on this stint with his national team. Time spent in Haiti allowed for a family reunion:
It's been 22 years since I've seen my Uncle Fritznel and 12 years since I've seen my Tati Maguy. My… https://t.co/eu9q9L49Ht— Andrew Jean-Baptiste (@ajeanbaptiste92) September 7, 2015
Also, AJB has some foreign language lessons in his future:
My teammates on Haiti speak Creol, The coach speaks french. My club team speaks Spanish. Rosetta Stone where you at? 3 languages to learn— Andrew Jean-Baptiste (@ajeanbaptiste92) September 7, 2015
What's that? "My club team speaks Spanish", you say? Yes, despite Once A Metro's inquiries suggesting reports connecting AJB to Spanish lower-league team CD Alcala were erroneous, the player has himself declared he is contracted with the club.
Let us say with some confidence that AJB is a better source than OaM for information about his own affairs. So he's off to Spain. Safe travels, AJB!